After listening to a half dozen parents speak out against her transgender daughter using the girls’ restrooms at a New York public school, Jennifer Surridge stood up to defend her beautiful daughter.
Sodus schools recently sent home letters with elementary school students to let parents know about the policy. Some are frustrated with the form of communication and lack of education for their young students.
“She doesn’t understand. The girls are confused about what’s really going on right now and how this is affecting them,” said one concerned parent.
“For years, since she was 3 or 4, she has told me she was a girl and I wasn’t excepting. I didn’t understand and agree with any of it because I didn’t get it,” said Jennifer Surridge.
Surridge told the ‘concerned’ parents it was her daughter’s Christmas present to open up about her gender and says the transition to different changing rooms has been a challenge.
“Somethings do sadden her that are happening right now in the locker rooms with people changing,” said Surridge. “I’ve explained to her that this is just a growing process. She just needs to be patient and let her friends figure things our on their own.”
The mother then asked other parents to put themselves in her shoes and to try to be more open-minded and understanding of other people.
“People need to realize that there are different people in this world and you need to be accepting of everyone,” added Surridge.
Watch WROC-TV’s news report of the hearing and Surridge’s touching message below: